Summer Corn Risotto

My favorite summertime veggie is fresh corn. It's everywhere and it's cheap and it's sweet and crunchy right off the cob.  The best thing is almost everyone loves corn, right?  The biggest problem we seem to have is figuring out what else to do with it.  Corn on the cob....check.  Done and done and done.  Corn and black bean salad is another favorite side dish of mine that is great for picnics or summertime BBQ's because it holds up well and can sit out without wilting.  So here's my ... Continue Reading

Fava Bean Risotto

Every year I get excited when it's fava bean season.  These little gems don't look like much in the grocery store, in fact they may even look downright ugly - little black spots on the outside pod sometimes, long green thick pods - but trust me they are so delicious and worth the effort of peeling them twice.  To get to the bean itself you need to remove the bean from the long pod, which is generally easy to open down the seem and pop the beans out.  Then you ... Continue Reading